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Weekly Update 08/14/14

Weekly Update 08/14/14

Weekly Update-August 14, 2014

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To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement (in Arial 9 pt font if possible) to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

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1U Phone System Update

The church telephone lines have been repaired. Unfortunately, our internal phone system did not survive the recent lightning surges. We now a simple interim telephone system in place while we research other options. The church office can receive calls at (407) 898-3621, but voicemail messages will be left in a common staff mailbox (no extensions). So, if your message is of a personal/sensitive nature, please feel free to contact individual staff members via email: (Minister@OrlandoUU.org, Churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org, Musicdirector@OrlandoUU.org, RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org ). Note that if multiple calls are received simultaneously, callers will receive a busy signal. Thank you for your continued patience!


Friday – August 15

Crafty Crafters’ Circle – 6:30pm, Room 9

Church members and friends gather to talk, sew, weave, craft, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company until 8:30pm. All are welcome! BYO crafts, games, and conversation.         

Saturday – August 16

August 16 – Capital Campaign Workshop & 1st Round Building Drawings Review

COME BE PART of an open workshop from 1:30-2:30 focusing on what we should expect as we organize our Capital Campaign. Our UUA Capital Campaign Consultant will meet with the building committee and anyone else who is interested. As our Consultant, we are lucky to have Barry Finkelstein, husband of Roberta Finkelstein, our interim minister from 5 years ago. After his visit, we will go through the first round drawings from our architects, which have incorporated our suggestions to date. There will be opportunities for both committees and individual congregants to give further feedback. As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact Bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – August 17 

Blood Drive This Sunday at First U, 8:30am, 1U Parking lot

Just a reminder that you can help to save lives this Sunday at the 1U Blood drive until 1:00pm in our parking lot on the Big Red Bus. Please come if you are able as all blood types are needed.

“Undies Sundays” Are Here! 11:00am, Sanctuary

Help make them a HUGE success. We need underwear, lots of it. Your personal favorites are safe, however. Bring new underwear with you to 1U service today. Collection boxes are in the sanctuary foyer. All sizes for men and women can be used. Large sized bras are also needed. NO children’s underwear at this time. The Coalition for the Homeless will be our grateful recipient, and is excited with our offer. Please be generous!  (This is an example of a Social Justice project 1U participates in from time to time. Check in at the Social Justice table during the Opportunities Fiesta in Gore Hall on 8/17 and 8/24 to learn how you can participate.)

Sunday – August 17  (continued)

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary     (Summer Schedule:  11:00am Single Service)

Reflections on Meaning, RUUM (Retired UU Men’s Group)

Our Retired Men’s Group explores meaning making through the decades. This is the second service in three-series exploring critical elements in understanding Unitarian Universalism and life at First Unitarian. A Chordia will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

  • 9:15am – 12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Childcare during Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)
  • 11:00am-11:15am Child begins in Worship
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm Childcare during Worship (EC Assembly Room)

Our formal program restarts in September. Over the summer there is Nursery all morning and Childcare at 9:30 and 11:15 am unless otherwise noted.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

  • 9:30am in the Library: Francis David Cafe. Questions and answers for UUs, led by Bob Leger.

Looking ahead in Adult Religious Education:

  • August 23: Cosmos Revisited. Video and discussion of the Carl Sagan series.
  • Sept. 7: Movie Time discussion on “A Most Wanted Man.” See it ahead of time and discuss on Sept. 7.

Sunday – August 17  (continued)

1U Opportunity Fiesta – Noon, Gore Hall

Discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved: from one-shot service projects to on-going community service… from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series… from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others… come find your unique way be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! What do you need to do? Circulate around the room, speaking to the table hosts, hearing their stories, picking up information or sharing your contact information. Be willing to explore new possibilities for your involvement in the 1U community in this energy-filled event, hosted by the Program Coordinating Team.

Harrison Memorial Service, 2:00pm, Sanctuary

A memorial service will be held for Zachary Harrison, son of 1U members Tommy & Elise Harrison, with a reception to follow in Gore Hall.

Monday – August 18

1U Gay Men’s Group – 7:00pm, EC Room 18

Meeting every other Monday, the 1U Gay Men’s Group is open to gay men regardless of race, economic or social status, political views or religious interest/affiliation/experience. We provide a safe, neutral and respectful space for socializing, fellowship, spiritual growth and support for gay men. Activities include group discussions of shared joy and concern, trending topics, gay community outreach and community service to the congregation and beyond. Drop in once or participate in every meeting. We meet every first and third Monday (with a few exceptions). Join us for our next meeting! For more info contact Gaymensgroup@OrlandoUU.org.

Tuesday – August 19

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Designer and merchandiser Bill Crittendon will speak to The Alliance about his hobby: “Miniatures,” at 12:30pm. Members will also work on donations for the Bazaar/Thrift Shop. Bring your bag lunch to enjoy at 11:30.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Class is open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Wednesday– August 18

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary (on summer hiatus until August 27)

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly.

Thursday – August 18

RUUM – 10:30am, Hiett Library

Members of the Retired UU Men’s Group will attend training for the OCPS Pathfinders Career Exploration program. At 12:00 noon we will have the 1st Annual Bowling Tournament at StrikeOut Bowling in the Fashion Square Mall. For further info contact Bob Leger at Ruum@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.


Other News

Opportunity Fiestas – August 17 & 24, 12:00pm, Gore Hall

As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved. Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.

 “Undies Sundays” at 1U!

You can help make them a HUGE success. We need underwear, lots of it. Your personal favorites are safe, however. Bring new underwear with you to 1U services on Sundays August 17 and/or August 24. All sizes for men and women can be used. Large sized bras are also needed. NO children’s underwear at this time. The Coalition for the Homeless will be our grateful recipient, and is excited with our offer. Please be generous! Collection boxes will be in the sanctuary foyer on both Sundays.  (This is an example of a Social Justice project 1U participates in from time to time. Check in at the Social Justice table during the Opportunities Fiesta in Gore Hall on 8/17 and 8/24 to learn how you can participate.)

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Registration

Who will provide your kids with a comprehensive overview of human sexuality? OWL is the age-appropriate compliment to any parents’ efforts. This secular curriculum is based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. The 25-session course for youth ages 12 and 13 will be led by trained OWL teachers, and will meet from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Room 18 of the 1U Enrichment Center, beginning Oct. 5. In order to enroll their children, parents must attend an in-depth orientation on the OWL course on September 20 from 9:30am-noon in the EC Assembly Room. Child care is available but the need for it must be communicated at least one week prior to Regina Knabe. For more OWL information, your resources are:

  • OWLCoordinator@OrlandoUU.org- Carie Mendyk
  • RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org – Regina Knabe
  • org/re/OWL– additional information

1U will offer the 8-week Lower Elementary OWL course in Feb. 2015. Stay tuned for more information.

Continuing Food Drive

We continue the food drive for Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry. Please continue to bring items in and place them in the box in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing with those in need.

Get the Scoop! Join Justice GoogleGroup

What are 1U’s and UUU’s directing their social justice energies toward?  If you want to know quickly–or want to share easily about Justice events in central Florida and beyond, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes.  It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support.   If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson.

The Best Way To Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This Weekly Update.

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

What Feeds Your Soul?

Connecting with people? Helping develop a child’s self-concept? Leading our youth and presenting our UU principles? You’re in the right place! Children’s Religious Education seeks to connect YOU to a positive and rewarding experience as an RE teacher. Kids range in age from preschool through high school. You will serve on a teaching team with others passionate about our youth and will lead once or twice per month. If leading isn’t your cup of tea, volunteer to assist a teacher. No experience necessary. Contact Regina Knabe at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org and be an inspiration to a child this year.

Adult RE Help Needed

We would like to continue to offer adult RE at 9:30 in Room 18 when the new program year starts up in September. Anyone who has a burning desire to share any topic related in any way to our Seven Principles or congregational life, on a monthly basis from mid-September through May, please find Charlotte Fleming and share your ideas. We need 4 people, and each person can tap others to lead individual sessions. The possibilities are endless, and the task easy.


Plan Ahead

August 24 – Another Undies Sunday, 11:00am, Sanctuary

We need underwear again, lots of it. Bring new underwear with you to 1U service today; collection boxes are in the sanctuary foyer. All sizes for men and women can be used. Large sized bras are also needed. NO children’s underwear at this time. The Coalition for the Homeless will be our grateful recipient, and is excited with our offer. Please be generous!  (This is an example of a Social Justice Project 1U participates in from time to time. Check in at the Social Justice table during the Opportunities Fiesta in Gore Hall to learn how you can participate.)

August 24 – 1U Opportunity Fiesta, Noon, Gore Hall

Join us again as the energy continues. Discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved… from one-shot service projects to on-going community service… from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series… from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others… come find your unique way be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you!

August 31 Special UU World/Adult RE Session, 9:30am, Hiett Library

Wait!  Stop!  Don’t recycle that UU World just yet. There will be a discussion of the provocative article “I don’t ‘believe in the Seven Principles” by Doug Muder, led by Charlotte Fleming. Read it, think about it, come and share your thoughts.  If you don’t have a copy, the article can be found at UUA.org.

September 6 – Community Gardener Gathering & Breakfast Potluck, 9:00am, EC Assembly Room

There will also be a brief presentation about ‘pests of interest’ that your US Department of Agriculture is on the lookout for. This event, which runs until 10:30, is open to all those interested in gardening, agriculture and insects. Please contact Bekah Keyes for more info or to RSVP at Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org, and please write “Gardener gathering” in the memo/reference field.

September 8 – Intergenerational Water Communion   Summer Schedule Comes to an End

Our last single service of the summer season will be the Water Communion on September 8. Our children will join adults in the sanctuary for the entire hour as we acknowledge the adventures of the summer and celebrate our coming together in community. Each person is invited to bring a small bit of water representative of their summer travels, near or far, to add to our communal bowl. We will top the morning off with a Pot Luck Lunch at noon. Bring a dish, any dish, to share as we begin a new year in the life of 1U!

September 14 – We Return To Our Program Year Schedule

Worship and Adult Religious Education offered at both 9:30 and 11:00 am. Childcare is available at 9:30 and Children Religious Education meets at 11:15 am. Nursery care is available all morning.

September 14 Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

September 20 – OWL Enrollment Session for Parents, 9:30am, EC Assembly Room

In order to enroll their children, parents must attend an in-depth orientation on the Our Whole Lives (OWL) course until 12 noon. Child care is available but must be communicated at least one week prior to Regina Knabe at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

September 26 & 27: Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00-9:00pm on Friday 9/26 and 9:00am-noon on Saturday 9/27). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 24, and will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, October 26.

October 11 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. Volunteer workdays are now quarterly instead of monthly, and help is always needed to maintain our buildings and grounds. If you can volunteer, email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org.

October 17 & 18 – Annual All-Church Rummage Sale, Gore Hall

Each October 1U has a rummage sale fundraiser for the church. It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles. How?  By recycling & re-using! This reduces the amount of “junque” sent to the dump.

You can participate by donating items. We accept new and slightly used items – clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, luggage, kitchen items, children’s toys, small furniture, art, etc., etc. – that are in reasonably good shape, clean, and have all their parts. You can drop them off on Sundays (see Eva Brinson at the Alliance table in Gore Hall during the 12:00 Social Hour) or drop them off during the week from 8 – 2pm (call the church office first to make sure that Amy is there to accept your items). Unfortunately, there are some items we can’t accept (large furniture, large appliances, computers and printers).

We also need your help to host the sale; we need volunteers to:

  • set-up the sale – unpacking items, sorting and pricing on Thursday, October 16 from 8am – 4pm
  • help shoppers during the sale – cashiers, packers, general helpers on Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18
  • help packing up all leftover items after the sale – on Saturday, October 18 from 3 – 3:45pm.

This is a short term commitment – a few hours or more will do!  Questions?  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Amy (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org or 407-898-3621).

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 First Unitarian Church of Orlando  Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Phone: 407-898-3621 Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org
Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org Minister’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz
Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com